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Hello, I'm Ros Atkins,
this is Outside Source.
We start in Syria. More than 100
civilians reported to have died
today as they did yesterday.
As government forces attack the last
rebel stronghold near Damascus.
In the North of the country forces
have entered the Kurdish
stronghold of Afrin -
bringing the battle
to the Turkish border.
Oxfam reveals it's investigating 26
more cases of alleged
The charity's boss admits thousands
have stopped making donations
because of the scandal.
He had this to say.
I am sorry.
We are sorry for the damage that
Oxfam has done both to the people
of Haiti but also to wider efforts
of aid and development.
And a developing story...
Justin Forsyth says there were
claims of inappropriate behaviour
was he was out the charity Save the
The Syrian Government continues
to bombard the rebel enclave
Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.
Activists say more than 100
civilians were killed today.
127 civilians were killed yesterday.
Thousands have died since the siege
began five years ago.
Eastern Ghouta is particularly
important because it's
the last major rebel
stronghold near Damascus.
Those rebels hold most of it.
They control another area to the
south of Damascus.
This area though is controlled
by the Islamic State group.
All of Eastern Ghoota is surrounded
by government forces -
and they want it back.
These pictures show how
it's going about that.
The UN has issued this statement
on the situation there.
It says it is blank.
In a footnote it says...
We no longer have the words
to describe children's
suffering and our outrage.
Do those inflicting the suffering
still have words to justify
their barbaric acts?
The answer to that question is...
The Assad regime maintains
its fighting Islamist terrorism -
and that it tries to
avoid civilian casualties.
Its action tell a different story.
Let's hear from from
someone inside Ghouta.
Firas Abdullah is from
the Ghouta Media Centre
which is affiliated with the rebels.
More than 77 civilians
today were killed by
the continuous bombardment.
Since yesterday until today.
We now have 149 civilians killed
by the continuous bombardment.
The jets are Russian.
They are a squadron of six jets,
with four helicopters belonging
to the Assad regime army.
The drones are capturing
the perimeters and the civilian
neighbourhood of Eastern Ghouta.
We have over 200 mortars dropped
on the civilian neighbourhood.
In addition, more than 90
air strikes and about
50 explosive barrels
on civilians neighbourhoods.
barrels on civilian neighbourhoods.
The people here are
mostly in shelters.
Others are in their homes.
They come here crying,
from their homes.
It is so serious, war conditions
here in Eastern Ghouta now.
You heard Firas there talk
about Russian bombers.
Russia and Iran are backing
the Syrian government -
as are Hezbollah fighters from
Let's hear more about what is
happening in eastern Ghouta.
Lina Sinjab in Beirut.
What we're hearing from people now
is that they are trying
to hide in basements,
whatever basements are available
so that can take cover
from the continuous shelling.
We are hearing that today
the government and the air force has
resumed the attack on Eastern
People are pleading for help.
The UN made an announcement
that this should stop immediately.
The International Committee
for the Red Cross also called
on this to stop immediately.
To protect civillians.
So far the last 24 hours
have been the worst that
Eastern Ghouta has faced in years.
People are really struggling
to seek safety basically.
The attacks yesterday
targeted for hospitals,
The attacks yesterday
targeted --four hospitals,
the main roads that would allow
people to run away or
ambulances to rescue.
That is causing a higher number
of injured and a higher
number of people dead.
Unfortunately for Syrians
on the ground and for
civilians trapped there,
the government and Russia
have the upper hand.
Russia yesterday announced
that we are probably seeing another
scenario that we have seen
in Aleppo last year.
People are worried that they are
going to face the same destiny
and be forced out of their town.
What we're seeing and yesterday
is a big escalation from government
forces and that is only telling us
that this could be the last
push towards the end
of the situation in Eastern Ghouta.
At what price and at
what type of end will it be?
It will be a horrific end
for civilians there.
Let's stay in Syria to update
you on Afrin in the north.
This is an area controlled by Kurds
- and being attacked by Turkey.
Yesterday we told you how pro-Syrian
government forces were promising
to enter the area to help the Kurds.
Since we last spoke
that's now happened.
These are pictures from earlier.
Syrian state media is calling
them Popular Forces -
though it's far from clear
who these men are.
We can be sure they were met
with artillery fire from Turkey.
This is a more detailed map of Syria
showing territory. The green area is
controlled by the Syrian government.
The mauve is controlled by the
Kurdish forces. Turkey considers all
of these Kurdish forces terrorists.
That is why it has began an
offensive to drive them out of
Afrin. It is very close to the
border of Syria. -- Turkey.
Syria considers that to be an attack
on its sovereignty -
although it's worth saying
there is a long list of countries
Onur Erem from BBC Turkish
Service with the latest.
They are trying to control all of
offering including the city centre.
That is according to the president.
Today they responded by artillery by
an effort from the pro-government
militias of Syria. We don't know
exactly who they are at the Turkish
state media calls them pro-regime
terrorists while the Syrian
governments call them the popular
forces. Last week we heard that they
are in negotiations with the why P&G
and the Syrian government -- YPG.
Turkey have said they will not stop
unless all of Afrin is under Syrian
control. And they will get involved
in any type of buffer zone that will
be set between Turkey and the white
PG -- YPG.
Is every possibility of a
confrontation with the Turkish
government under Syrian government?
Apparently the YPG have told that
these militias are coming to help
them with their fight against
Turkey. But according to the Turkish
president, the Syrian government and
the army are coming to Afrin and
getting control of all of the city
centre including its institutions.
What is Turkish public opinion on
what is the Turkish military is
doing in Afrin?
According to polls,
the Turkish public is supporting the
government here. They are supporting
the operation. It depends on the
poll but some of them are showing 70
and some of them are showing 80%. We
also must keep in mind that it is
very hard for people to express
their discontent because lots of
people, hundreds, even more than 500
of them were arrested because of
tweets and social media posts. That
have criticised this operation.
Oxfam have been giving evidence in
the British Parliament. We will talk
about that in a moment. But the
scandal around Oxfam is jumping
across to other charities. Save the
Children is now in the news. It
concerns its former chief executive,
a man called Justin Forsyth who now
has a role in the United Nations. He
has faced some complaints of
inappropriate behaviour. Let's get
more of this from the newsroom. Most
people hearing this for the first
time so please take from the
This is Justin Forsyth,
the former chief executive of Save
the Children. He has been accused of
sending inappropriate texts and
comments to young females of staff
about what they were wearing and how
they look. This led to complaints
being made. He has apologised
unreservedly. Apparently those
complaints were not formal and he
has not been accused of sexual
harassment. As you say, since
leaving Save the Children, he has
gone on to become a very senior
executive at Unicef which is the
UN's children organisation.
Cox this weekend admitted that he
had acted inappropriately sometimes
at Save the Children.
Exactly. It is
two people now and Save the
Children. Brendan Cox said he made
mistakes at Save the Children and
admitted inappropriate behaviour.
But he has denied allegations of
sexual assault. In the meantime he
has quit us majorities he set up in
the aftermath of his wife's death.
Save the Children are beginning a
We will bring you
more information as we know it.
Another gruelling day for Oxfam.
It's admitted 7,000 people have
cancelled regular donations
since the Haiti prostitution story
broke 10 days ago.
We heard this from its most senior
figures who've been quizzed
by members of parliament today.
Here they are arriving.
And they came to say sorry
for the behaviour of some staff
in Haiti in 2011.
That's the chief
executive Mark Goldring.
The MPs wanted to know more
about how Oxfam responded back then
when it found out what was going on.
The charity sacked three employees
and allowed four others
to quit their roles.
Mr Goldring was asked why didn't
Oxfam report its findings
and actions to the authorities.
This was the answer.
Oxfam leaders made
a report to the press.
There was no existing
It was not public.
misconduct had happened.
They did not describe
that in explicit terms.
At the time people thought
that was being transparent.
We now know that
that was not enough.
There's also the issue of why some
men were allowed to resign
rather than be sacked -
enabling them to be hired again.
Here's Winnie Byanyima
of Oxfam's international arm.
The use of prostitutes in conditions
of poverty and helplessness
and conflict is abuse.
It is intolerable
in our organisation.
What happened to let
the country director go away
with some dignity was wrong.
This is something that would not
happen today in Oxfam.
Bear in mind the sacked men not only
found work with other charities -
one was rehired by Oxfam.
This what one MP made of that.
These men were predators.
I quite agree.
I'm not excusing it.
That is why we have now set
up a global database
of accredited referees of Oxfam.
When was that started?
When did you start that?
We have just started it.
You have just started it.
Only because you were found out.
Not because you actually
wanted to do it or thought
you needed to do it
but because you were found out.
We were also told that since
the Haiti story broke ten days ago,
26 more allegations of sexual
misconduct had been come
to light at Oxfam -
some recent some historic.
They are all being investigated.
Meanwhile the BBC has been speaking
to one woman who blew
on problems within cahrities.
She used to work for
a charity called Merlin.
In Liberia, back in 2004,
she walked in on a senior
manager with a local girl.
After an investigation
the man and other senior
managers were dismissed.
One of them was the man
at the centre of the Oxfam scandal
Roland van Hauwermeiren.
Amira Malik Miller was asked
on the BBC's HardTalk programme
if she was surprised that Oxfam
tried to cover things up.
It doesn't surprise me.
It exposes a very strong weakness
in the system and our HR
I think Roland van
Hauwermeiren is a particularly
interesting case study.
He has been able to manipulate
the system for a very long time.
He has chosen to move around
from different countries.
He knows that it has not
been tracked properly
so he has manipulated that.
Still to come on the programme, we
find out about the soaring rate of
measles in Europe. We will speak to
the WHO about what is causing that.
Jeremy Corbyn has accused papers of
lies and smears.
These papers allege
that Jeremy Corbyn did meet someone
from the Czech Embassy several
times. That story has been picked up
and pursuit in various forms by
newspapers in recent days. Jeremy
Corbyn has hit back in a post on
social media. At what he calls press
barons, the right-wing press. He
He goes on...
This is Outside Source live
from the BBC newsroom.
Our lead story is from Syria.
More than 100 civilians are killed
in Eastern Ghouta today as Syria's
government continues to bombard
the rebel-held enclave.
It is close to Damascus.
Some headlines from BBC World
New Zealand's military has been
deployed to areas expected to be hit
by the remnants of Cyclone Gita.
It caused extensive damage in Tonga,
Samoa and American Samoa last week.
At the Olympics, Russian curler
Alexander Krushelnitsky has returned
a second positive test
for the banned substance, meldonium.
He had won a bronze with his wife.
He's one of 168 Russian
athletes allowed to compete
after extensive vetting.
Evidently not extensive enough.
The Queen was alongside
Dame Anna Wintour at a show
during London Fashion Week earlier.
The Queen then awarded the inaugural
Queen Elizabeth II Award
for British Design to Richard Quinn.
You may not know this but there is a
big outbreak of measles in Europe.
These three countries are the most
affected but 12 others are caught up
in this including Greece, Germany
and France. Measles is extremely
infectious causes blindness, brain
damage and in extreme cases death.
We know there were more than 20,000
cases reported last year. That is a
400% increase on 2016. We should say
that 2016 had
400% increase on 2016. We should say
that 2016 had seen a record low.
Here are all the figures. You can
see that 2016 unusually low with
just 5000 cases. What is going on
here? There are shortages of the
vaccine in some countries. Some
people avoid vaccinations for their
children. For instance, in the UK,
confidence in the MM are jab
collapsed in the late 90s.
confidence in the MM are jab
collapsed in the late 90s. That was
by claims made by this man raising
fears that the vaccine caused
autism. There has also been
rejection of vaccines in Italy. This
leader of the... The far right
leader Marine Le Pen has also said
that doctors are to blame for the
rise of the case in measles. If we
go back to 2004, Donald Trump said
that... Autism, in big capital
letters. So there is an issue around
trust here. We have a doctor here
from the WHO, the World Health
Organisation, he is live from
Montenegrin. Thank you for your
time. What can you do to persuade
people to vaccinate their children?
We need to have the parents trust.
Trust in the vaccines and trust in
the authority that deliver the
vaccines. Vaccines are safe and
life-saving. That is the message
that the government should give to
In terms of the
situation we are seeing in Europe,
how much of it is to do with
children not getting vaccinated and
how much is it to do with other
A number of countries have
a number of challenges and they are
very different. In Romania we have
many children who are getting
measles whereas in Italy it is more
the adult population, the average
age of those getting measles is
around 27 years. This is a
reflection of the programme is not
reaching these individuals. The
adults may not have benefited from
vaccination programmes when they
were introduced at the time. In a
country like Romania where most of
the cases are children, this is a
reflection of the challenges they
are facing in recent years. We have
issues, as you mentioned, with
vaccine supply but it is more a
combination of vaccine hesitancy, an
issue of complacency where parents
have not seen the disease and they
do not think the disease is around.
Measles is a very contagious disease
and it can easily enter into a
population that is vulnerable,
causing big outbreaks.
are looking at 2016 when the cases
were very low. They are thinking
what went right to there?
wrong in 2017 is more relevant. It
is a growing number of susceptible
individuals. If you do not have a
high vaccination coverage, for
measles vaccines you need to have a
very high coverage of 95% with two
doses of the vaccine, then you get a
population of susceptible
individuals. That could be simmering
behind the disease. When measles
virus was introduced then it can
spread like wildfire.
your time. Thank you very much
indeed. He is lies in Montenegrin.
An official with the World Health
Organisation. Walmart has just seen
close to 10% wiped off its value to
do with its profits hardening. What
has gone wrong? While profits are
Profits are down for various
reasons. Walmart says it misjudged
the Christmas period is a focusing
too much on toys and Christmas gifts
and ran out of some of its stables.
The figure that investors are
watching very closely is not the
profit but the growth in online
sales. The reason for this is that
Walmart is in a bruising battle with
Amazon. It its complete with Amazon
online if it will survive as a
retailer. -- competes. Early on in
the year, their online sales drops
to around 23% in the last quarter.
That has worried investors because
they seem to be falling behind
Amazon and that is why their shares
have taken a beating on Wall Street
None of this is new. We could
have been talking about the threat
from Amazon ten years ago.
Presumably Walmart has a plan?
It's plan has been to buy up as many
online retailers as it can. It
brought jets .com in the US just
over one year ago. It put a lot of
marketing into those sites. Now what
it has realised and what the CEO
mentioned this morning was that in
order to compete with Amazon, Amazon
has this brand recognised
everywhere, if you think you want
something, the name Amazon points
into your head, they need to
redirect people into Walmart .com
and take them to the big brands and
the brand that people associate with
bricks and mortar stores, they need
people to associate that with the
online brand. So they are taking
their resources away from the
subsidiaries and investing it in
Walmart. But investors are worried
they might not built to do that fast
In the next half of the
outside source will be hearing from
David Davis, he will say that it is
not like mad Max here in the UK.
Hi there. We will start off with the
weather in the Middle East.
This area of low pressure across the
Middle East brought widespread heavy
rains. The storm clouds are now
rains. The storm clouds are now
across Afghanistan. It takes the
rain and snow with it. To the south
of that weather system, the wind has
picked up and as we went into
Tuesday we had some dense areas of
dust affecting some of the coastal
areas, for example Qatar had poor
visibility for a time. It will take
some time flat dust to settle out of
the atmosphere. Across the United
States there is a weather front
which will be much stationary
bringing huge amounts of rain across
Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Some
parts of these states could see as
much as a hundred millimetres of
rain. So a risk of some flooding.
Bitterly cold air behind that front
and it bumps into the warm air we
have across Florida. Temperatures
will reach 29 degrees or so in
Miami. Very warm as well in New
York. Highs of 21 are incredible.
But eventually that cold air will be
swinging its way eastward. This was
the remains of tropical cyclone
bringing heavy rains across
Australia. More recently we are
looking at the leftovers of this
cyclone which has been slamming into
New Zealand and particularly hitting
the south Island hard. The mountains
of New Zealand have a ready picked
up over 250 millimetres of rain and
the rain will continue as we move
into Wednesday but it will slowly
picked out on Thursday. With all of
that rainfall falling we are likely
to see some flooding. Wind gusts
well in excess of 70 miles an hour
causing damage. Power has been
brought down and a number of people
don't have power New Zealand at the
moment. Thursday it will finally
clear up as strong winds and heavy
rain eased out of the way. At the
same time there will be some
torrential and even severe thundery
downpours affecting Queensland.
Risks of flash flooding as we go
into Thursday. Temperatures picking
up in the Australian interior.
Across Europe, we have a weather
fronts moving eastwards across
England. Now on Wednesday it is
moving back westwards. A lot of
cloud for England and Wales.
Probably brighter in England later
on. More sunshine in France and
Germany. Cold easterly winds as
well. That is a sign of things to
come. Next we will be bitterly cold.
-- next week.
Here are some of the main stories.
Here are some of the main stories.
More than 100 civilians died today
in Eastern Ghouta. The Government of
Syria wants this area back.
Oxfam has revealed that is
investigating 26 more cases of
alleged sexual misconduct. Thousands
of people have stopped making
donations because of the scandal.
As you are watching, if you have
questions, you can reach me on
The Palestinian Leader Mahmoud
Abbas spoke at the UN's
Security Council today.
He wants an international conference
on Middle East Peace in 2018.
Here's some of the speech.
So the outcomes of this
conference should be as follows.
Acceptance of the State
of Palestine as a full member
of the United Nations.
This is what we deserve.
Don't you think we deserve
to be a full member?
We call on the Security
Council to achieve this.
An Israeli journalist reported
"Abbas leaves UNSC right
after he finishes his speech
and didn't stay to listen to the
Israeli ambassador who was next."
The Israeli ambassador
opened his speech by saying,
"Once again Abbas is running away
instead of listening
to what we have to say."
This a clip from that same statement
from the ambassador.
Mr Abbas and spoke of your
commitment to peace.
This is what you often do
when speaking internationally.
But when you address your people
in Arabic you convey
a very different message.
A few weeks ago when Abbas spoke
to the PLO central committee,
he called the National movement
of the Jewish people, and I quote,
a colonialist project.
That has no connection to Judaism.
Whether or not that peace conference
happens later this year, listening
to those clips, it will have its
work cut out, you would think.
Absolutely. It was a depressing
morning to watch. The sides were
just as far apart as ever.
As Abbas left to rapturous applause,
he was immediately sealed by the
Israeli ambassador for not staying
to listen to the others. --
immediately assailed by the Israeli
ambassador. What made those comments
all that more meaningful was sat
behind him was the husband of -- was
the son-in-law of the president.
Let us bring up one of the clips
The Palestinian leadership was not
happy with the decision to move our
embassy to Jerusalem. You do not
have too like it or even accept it
but that decision will not changed.
What is the American plan? They have
recognised Jerusalem. They have
staunch and stark language for the
Palestinians. What is their plan
They do not have a
plan and that is what the
Palestinians were complaining about.
They are saying they wanted
multilateral mechanism, this peace
conference by the middle of the
year, that frankly want to take
place. They were basically saying
that America's traditional role as
the honest broker between Israel and
Palestine has come to an end. They
do still see an American Robert part
of a larger multilateral framework.
That is what they were calling for
And the money that the Americans
give to the Palestinians, that has
become an increasingly practical
matter in the last couple of months,
has that come up?
One of the things that Abbas
complained about was not only
recognition of Jerusalem as the
Israeli capital told that also much
all of American funding from the UN
agency that protects and routes
after Palestinian refugees. That
this Friday said today they are
looking for another mechanism, not
the traditional mechanism, a
negotiating table that involves many
more countries, but that proposal is
not likely to get off the ground.
The UK Brexit Secretary secretary
David Davis has this
message for people worried
about what will happen
to the UK after Brexit.
He was speaking in Vienna.
I know for one reason or another
people have sought to question our
They think Brexit could lead
to an Anglo-Saxon race to
the bottom, with Britain plunged
into a Mad Max style world borrowed
from dystopian fiction.
These fears about
a race to the bottom
are based on nothing.
Not our history, not
our intentions, not our
It's the Mad Max analogy
that is getting the response.
Today with David Davies this was
about reassurance. It seems a far
cry from some of the arguments made
by people in the Conservative Party
and in the Cabinet over the years
and decades when they have made the
case for leaving the EU saying we
have got to breakaway, all this red
tape is no good, it is stifling
British competitiveness. It was not
quite what David Davies was saying
today, pleasing some rules, saying
that Britain had helped shoot them.
The message from him and the message
from Theresa May at the weekend was
about continued cooperation. --
Button had helped shape them. You
are getting the impression things
will not change too much. David
Davies was saying this is about
trust, we will have to trust each
other's different rules and
regulation, the question is will
that be enough for people in
Brussels to accept and more
crucially whether Cabinet ministers
will go along with it.
Adam Fleming has been saying that
you'd leaders will be suggesting
negotiating trade deals with the UK
as they normally would with other
They were in Brussels for a regular
meeting and I asked them about the
sort of thing David Davies was
talking about and they were broadly
welcoming that they make two points.
This is what the EU does with all
its international partners anyway,
seeing if you follow the rules of
the EU you will get good access to
the EU market stop if you try to
undercut the EU rules or do
something less safely than the EU
want you to do it you will get less
access to the EU market. The second
is that the EU does not operate on
speeches and warm words and edges on
politicians, they want things that
are written down, very detailed, and
legally enforceable. That means
expanding this speech with detailed
proposals about how this would work
in practice. Things like, what
authority would you have that check
that check that both sides were
playing by the same rules and
standards? How would you settle
disputes between both sides? What
punishments and Saxon would be
available if the UK was not sticking
to the rules. Easier said than done.
-- punishment and sanctions. And
this is good together as what is
called a level playing field, LPF,
we will be hearing more about this
in coming months.
If you want and this information on
Brexit head to the BBC website.
And a lot of information on the
other stories covered.
This picture is from Hungary in 2015
- there was a stream of migrants
who entered the country
marching into the EU.
It led to Hungary putting up fences
along its borders.
Victor Orban was Prime Mininster
then - he still is now -
and just last week he delivered his
State of the Union address
with highlighting a critical
division between the countries
in the East of the EU,
and those in the West.
Hungary sits at the Eastern edge -
one of the countries that joined
the EU in 2004.
But it's Mr Orban who's taken
a tough line on migration.
Jenny Hill sent this report
from Hungary's border.
Divisive, defiant, Hungary
is standing its ground.
A border fence, no migrant quotas,
a different vision for Europe.
TRANSLATION: It is thanks
to our political leaders that
Hungary and its people
have a profile in Europe.
People recognise us and they look
at us and they say,
"Hungary, you're OK."
But Victor Orban
unsettles his EU peers.
Don't expect him to stand
down over asylum policy.
The crisis may be over,
but he and his Fidesz Party
are seeking re-election.
This wave of refugees and immigrants
to Hungary and to Europe came
as a heavenly gift to Mr Orban
and to many other
politicians in the region.
They could exaggerate
the potential threats and risks
and then appear as saviours.
Watch out for the dress rehearsal,
local elections in this town.
The Fidesz candidate
expected to win.
Please, a little time for BBC?
How do you justify to voters here...
Even so, he was not
keen to speak to us.
I want to ask you about the EU.
Your party is in
trouble with the EU.
What do you say to those
voters here who depend
on that money so much?
Sorry, I have to go, bye.
xenophobia, Victor Orban's
dream of what he calls
"An illiberal democracy."
TRANSLATION: The only thing they do
right is keep migrants out.
Apart from that they
don't do any good.
They might say the economy
is thriving, but we don't feel it.
The only people who do well
are those close to Fidesz.
TRANSLATION: The courts,
the police, the administration,
they are all under his influence,
and people are scared.
I do not know what will happen
to me for speaking out,
but I am not afraid.
But out here in the countryside,
there is concern.
Farms like this depend
on funding from the EU.
TRANSLATION: The European Union
should not be small-minded just
because it has a quarrel
with the Hungarian government.
It would the irresponsible to punish
a country and its people.
The end result is
the EU falls apart.
For many, of course,
this is all about security.
But the fence has come to define
Hungary and its decision to put
national interest first.
Here on the outer edge of the EU,
it is a symbol of defiance.
After all, this country knows
what it means to be left outside.
Jenny Hill, BBC News,
on Hungary's Serbian border.
Turning our attention back to Syria
now and Russia's involvement.
Observers have long believed that
dozens, perhaps hundreds of Russians
have died fighting in the conflict.
The Kremlin has previously said
the number is five -
including a pilot
who ejected over rebel
airspace recently and killed
himself with a grenade.
Today Russia admitted "dozens"
of Russians were injured or killed
in what's thought to have been US
air strikes in Deir al-Zour
province in Eastern Syria
earlier this month.
The difference isn't just
in numbers - Russia makes
a distinction between military
casualties and civilians.
The bulk of Russian casualties
in Syria are mercenaries -
some working for private companies.
Eugene Alikov was one.
Last September he died here
near Homs killed by a bullet.
The BBC's Russian service has been
investigating what happened
They've interviewed his mother.
A little earlier I went
and spoke to Oleg Antonenko
from the Russian service
who told me about it.
It is a very interesting story. My
colleagues got in touch with his
mother and she gave us a lot of
documents and the death certificate.
We compared the death certificate
and another death certificate which
was given to a news agency during
the investigation and we came to the
conclusion that more than 50
Russians might be called in
This mother is arguing her son
deserves military honours. The
Russian Ministry is saying, no, he
went as an individual decision, not
sent by his country.
The Russian authority is
straightforward about this account.
They are saying they have militarily
and servicemen there and they know
where they are fighting, who they
died, but fools mercenaries, it was
their decision -- but the
mercenaries, it was their decision.
Ukraine, it is said those were not
our men. They have tried to put a
divide between the state and the
fighters on the globe. That sounds
like something similar could be
happening in Syria. Yes, they are
saying it is not a Moscow initiative
in Ukraine, it's as volunteers.
Alikov was fighting for pro-Russian
separatists in Ukraine also. He
returned to Russia. He got medical
treatment. He went to Syria. He was
probably not sent. He was part of a
private military company. Many
experts looking at the story see
that behind this group is the man
who is subject of recent US
sanctions. It is not proven, it is
speculation. He is the private chef
of the Russian president. He had a
lot of attractive contracts. It is
quite a fascinating story. It has
different sort of connections. On
one side we are hearing of
mercenaries fighting in Syria, on
the other side, this factory trying
to influence American actions, this
person who is the chef of Vladimir
Putin, he is wanted by American
prosecutors. It is incredible, to be
honest with you. It is only the
beginning of the story that we are
A Bangkok court has awarded a
Japanese man paternity rights to 13
children he fathered through
surrogate mothers. He is 28 and is
not married, he is the son of a
chairman of a well-known and listed
company in Japan. This is not the
first time he has been in the news.
When he was identified three and a
half years ago as the father of at
least a dozen surrogates children
and there was a great deal of
concern expressed in Thailand and
other countries about what his
motives were. The police here
launched an investigation into
possible human trafficking by him.
He disappeared back to Japan and
very little was known about him. He
is apparently the son of a Japanese
tech billionaire but he has remained
hidden from view.
This photo was released by police in
2014. It shows nine babies found in
the flat of a man after a police
raid. It has been confirmed he was
the father of 13 surrogates babies.
Today the court said he had taken
good care of the infants before
officials took them into their care.
This is a statement from the court.
This is a picture of the man's
lawyer giving the statement. The
Japan Times has courted the lawyer
as saying this.
I think there will still be a fair
amount of unease about what this
man's motors are and what kind of
environment you can provide for so
many children. He says he wants
more, more or less the same age, but
they do not have a mother, they will
be looked after by nannies.
And Washington, DC, and other person
has been charged as part of the
murder investigation into those
alleged links between Donald Trump's
election campaign and Russia. This
is Alex van der Zwaan, a
London-based lawyer, the 19th person
to be charged. The document is
online if you want to read it. It
connects the charges to false
It is a short statement from The
Independent counsel 's office but it
says that Alex van der Zwaan lied to
the FBI, lied to The Independent
counsel's office about contacts he
had with a deputy campaign manager
during that brief period of time in
the middle of 2016. Dietz stuck
around and worked in the White House
as well. The indictment said there
was an unnamed person, there is
speculation about who that might be.
Alex van der Zwaan is expected to
plead guilty. He had a court
appearance at half past two that I
have not heard if he has pled guilty
or not. What this means is that The
Independent counsel's office is
building a case from the ground up.
This will guarantee cooperation and
puts more pressure on Paul Manafort
who is charged with multiple counts
of money laundering, pressure to
face a long trial and a prison
sentence, or come up with his own
Any claim is serious and Americans
will want Robert Mueller to pick up
any claim that he sees that the
central claim is where Russia and
the Tramp campaign working together
-- trompe campaign? These charges do
not bring us closer to understanding
This does not deal with the campaign
at all. These charges against Rick
Gates and Paul Manafort goes back to
lobbying that they did for Ukraine
well before Paul Manafort became
involved in the Donald Trump
campaign. This plea deal was part of
that investigation. The question is,
as this Robert Mueller putting
pressure on these people in order to
get them to talk about other things
more central to his investigation,
so that Paul Manafort could talk
about his time as campaign manager
in the Donald Trump campaign? Or is
this something that Robert Mueller
encountered along the way, evidence
of wrongdoing, he is going to
prosecute it, that is within this
mandate as set forth by the Justice
Department. We will have two weeks
and see if this is one thread going
nowhere or this becomes an integral
part of this investigation.
And whatever comes next in
Washington, Anthony will guide us
through it. As the big stories come
in from the U S, go to the news
That is all for now. Our lead story
is that the Government of Syria
continues to bombard a rebel enclave
near Damascus called Eastern Ghouta.
Observers say 100 people died today
and 100 people died yesterday.